Current Mailing Address

Current Mailing Address

Elder Howard Derek McKeon
Brazil Sao Paulo East Mission
Rua Caa-Acu, 229
03171-020 Sao Paulo - SP

Tuesday, April 16, 2013


Hello all!

Well, it happened! I have been transferred! I was in my first area for 5 months and I loved it! 

(Elder McKeon with his new companion, Elder Haskell)

I am now in an area called Camargo Novo, in our zone of São Miguel Paulista! I am here with my new companion, Elder Haskell from WYOMING!  So we're just the a couple of cowboys here in São Paulo Leste! Its great! We both just love it here!

(Elder McKeon's bed room and his companion Elder Haskell)

He is a great missionary and has been out in the field for 1 year and 6 months and we are going to have such a great time and we are going to work hard to help all that we can!  The ward here is awesome! They are so willing to help by giving us references and I am so grateful for that!  They will be such a significant tool to the success in this area.  The house is nice and clean, not as clean as mom does it when she cleans it, but its clean!  There were a lot of I had to change that..... 

(Elder McKeon's new apartment)

But yes, I am in a new area and I think I am going to gain some weight here!  In my last area it was all hills in Guarulhos, but here its much flatter and my area is not as big as Continental was.  I know I am going to love it here so much!   

Yes, this work is amazing and I can't believe that I have already been out almost 8 months!  It has gone by all too fast.  I am in love with this place, the people, my companion and the work that we are doing down here. I have never been so happy. I am so tired, but I am so happy with this place. 

I love you all and pray for you all the time!


Elder McKeon

Monday, April 8, 2013

Conference Weekend

Hey everyone!

Well this week was great!  We have been working hard and we got to go to Conference. It was even showed in our Capela (chapel), instead of having to go to the Stake Center, so it was super convenient for us and our investigators.

We got to watch ALL the sessions of Conference including Priesthood. It was all in Português, so I could understand most of it, but I couldn't take a whole bunch of notes because I had to concentrate really hard to pick it all up.

I noticed that there were a ton of talks on missionary work, and they were all so great. I really enjoyed Russell M. Nelson's talk about "Catching the Wave" of missionary work, and not just missionaries, parents, siblings, friends, need to help prepare the future missionaries to "Catch the Wave". I love how all the people in my life have prepared me to be a worthy full-time missionary. We need to be ready and able to answer the questions that we will be asked by people in our lives and if we are not able to answer those questions, "Ask the missionaries, they can help you!" Please ask the missionaries to help, that's all we want to do is to help in anyway we can.

I also had a question. There was a talk in Conference from Sister Rosemary M. Wixom about an airman who was shot down in North Vietnam in the 1960's. He was captured for 2 years, and finally his captors let him write home, but limited him to only 25 words. I was wondering, I'm gone for 2 years, I would like to know what the family would write in those 25 words. I will write mine as well and I'll send them in a letter. Will you guys do this for me?

Well, this is an end of another transfer here in Brasil! I have been in my first area for 5 months. I don't know if I will be transferred or not, but it's probable that I will be transferred. We'll see! It doesn't matter to me if I stay or if I get transferred. I could leave, but it would be sad to leave my friends here. 

I will let you guys know if I'm transferred as soon as a I can.
I miss and love you all and I keep you in my prayers all the time! 

I forgot my camera at home, so I couldn't send any picutres, so I'll send them next week ok? Sorry!


Elder McKeon

Monday, April 1, 2013

Easter in Brazil

Hey everyone! 

I hope you all had a great Easter, I know I did!

This past week has been pretty good. At Church this past Sunday we confirmed those people we baptized last week: Luiz and Katia, Natanael, and Mayara. It was such a great day at Church, especially since it was Easter!  Marcelo confirmed his brother-in-law Natanael and we did the rest. It was such a spiritual meeting and we had the Stake President there and he told us that we were doing a great job and that we need to keep it up. 

We need to find more people to teach though because we baptized everyone in our teaching group. Now we have been asking for references and making contacts like crazy.

This time of year is so special to remember that our Savior was resurrected and we can too. Everyone will be resurrected and our bodies and Spirits will come together and never separate again, except this time our bodies will be glorified and perfected. I know this to be true. I teach this concept all the time and my testimony has grown immensley and I am so glad that He made that unbearable sacrifice for us. He didn't just suffer for our sins, but he passed through EVERYTHING that we will pass through in this life. The sorrow, the pain, the sins are a big part too, but whenever we are going through a difficult time and we think, "Why me? Why am I alone?" you can't say that, that is a lie, because our Lord went through it as well and He is right next to us holding us up and supporting us. 

I am so glad to have this opportunity to teach these wonderful people of Brasil and I love them so much. With Conference coming up I can't wait to hear the words of our Living Prophet and the Apostles. It is such a blessing to have that kind of guidance in our lives and we need, not should, listen to them and what they have to teach us.

I love you all and miss you so much! I keep you all in my prayers and fasts! (and I do that a lot!)


Elder McKeon